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TEKSide Presents Week in Review: 3/17-3/23

This week continued more "HealthBook" rumors, a new iPhone size, the reemergence of the 4th generation iPad and more.  

HealthBook Reveled

Continuing his iOS 8 postings from last week, Mark Gurman has a write up on what the upcoming HealthBook will be like for iOS 8. Features include Weight Tracking, Heart & Respiratory Rate, Blood Sugar, Hydration Levels and much much more.  

Im looking forward to what Apple is doing. I hope that this app leads to the iWatch that will be able to track everything vs having to manually enter the information or rely on 3rd party devices (FitBit, Withings). Hit the source to see mockups and more details. It's very interesting.

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Paid Chat Support Live for Out of Warranty Devices

Customers with out of warranty devices that need support can pay $20.00 per incident via Chat Support. Once the user agrees, they will be sent a link to enter the payment information.  Once that is complete, the support tech you are speaking with will be able to continue offering support. They are having some difficulties on launch day that should be resolved by the time you see this.  

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Apple Begins Selling 8GB version of the 5C and Brings Back 4th Gen iPad

Apple has started shipping 8GB versions of the iPhone 5C to stores in a effort (rumored) to boost sales of the entry level model. They have also replaced the iPad 2 with the 4th generation iPad with Retina Display. Only the iPhone 4S and iPod Classic still utilized the 30 pin connector.  

I don't see how this will really help. 16GB is barely enough for iPhone users and now they are going to offer an 8GB version? I think thats asking for trouble but what do I know? I would not recommend this option to anyone.  

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New Sports Channel Arrives on Apple TV

AAC, Atlantic Coast Conference, has launched a channel on the Apple TV that will allow you to follow your favorite NCAA Basketball team. Here is the press release: 

Charlotte, N.C.–March 17, 2014:  Just in time for the most exciting part of the college basketball season, the ACC Digital Network (ACCDN) announced today the launch of “ACC Sports” on Apple TV. As tournament time commences, the new service makes available the ACCDN’s extensive highlights and feature programming to Apple TV users in the US.

The ACC Digital Network, the ACC’s official home for game highlights and insider programming, will entertain fans with hundreds of videos to choose from including in-depth coverage and analysis updated daily. Specifically for March, host Jeff Fischel, along with former ACC basketball greats Drew Barry and JR Reid, will follow ACC teams as they advance throughout the tournament with game previews, analysis and a “Road to Texas” feature series.

“We are pleased to announce this partnership that will allow our fans access to the ACC Digital Network on their Apple TV,” said Commissioner John Swofford. “We have seen terrific success in fans enjoying the ACC Digital Network, and bringing this content to Apple TV is an exciting next step.”

As a bonus to college sports fans everywhere and exclusive to Apple TV, “ACC Sports” will feature access to Campus Insiders, the leading digital college sports network covering all major collegiate conferences. As part of its March programming, Campus Insiders will cover the NCAA basketball post-season from start to finish with daily reports from top tier talent including Bonnie Bernstein, Seth Davis and more than 100 insiders reporting from campuses across the nation. As part of the launch, Campus Insiders will publish more than 70 videos today including team previews of all 68 teams selected for the tournament.

“Our goal since we launched the ACC Digital Network is to deliver ACC fans immediate access to their school video highlights wherever they want to watch it,” said Dana Golden, EVP Strategic Partnerships of the ACC Digital Network. “Through Apple TV, fans will be able to go directly to their favorite school content and have all of their game highlights, school features and classic tournament games on demand in the comfort of their living room. In addition, our partnership with Campus Insiders will give fans access to college highlights and news from schools across the country for a comprehensive view of the college sports landscape.

I am all for more content on the Apple TV.  We need a better way to manage it. Let users decide what stations should be installed. I have no need for Crunchy roll, Quello, or others.  It did get easier to hide stations but if we didn't have them on there to begin with then there's no reason to hide them.

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Tim Cook calls "Haunted Empire" Nonsense

Tim Cook is not a fan of the new book about Apple.  

This nonsense belongs with some of the other books I’ve read about Apple. It fails to capture Apple, Steve, or anyone else in the company. Apple has over 85,000 employees that come to work each day to do their best work, to create the world’s best products, to put their mark in the universe and leave it better than they found it. This has been the heart of Apple from day one and will remain at the heart for decades to come. I am very confident about our future.

I downloaded the audiobook and am about 1/4 of the way through it. So far its a lot of the same stuff that has been said before. I am waiting for it to unleash info I haven't heard yet.  

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Eddy Cue Denies That Steve Thew A Pen At Him

As Kane stated in her book, Steve Jobs reported threw a pen at his head when he wouldn't shut up. 9to5Mac writer Ben Mayo emailed Cue and got the response, No.  

This makes me wonder how much of the other information in the book is factual.

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iTunes Connect Suffers Temporary Outage

An outage to iTunes Connect left developers unable to submit app updates or new apps. The outage lasted around 24 hours and is now back to normal.

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Tim Cook Listed As One Of The Worlds Greatest Leaders

Cook sits at number 33 on the list that also contains leaders such as The Pope, Bill Clinton, Warren Buffett, Derek Jeter and others.  

Is Apple doomed because Tim wasn't in the top 10? 

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Batman to Play Steve Jobs?

Rumor has it that Christian Bale is the favorite to play the role of Steve Jobs in the upcoming Aaron Sorkin biopic.  

Oscar winner Christian Bale is David Fincher's choice to play Steve Jobs in the untitled movie that Aaron Sorkin has written for Sony, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

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iTunes Store Coming to Android?

Billborad reports that Apple is open to the idea of launching the iTunes Store on Android OS.  They also report that Apple is exploring an on demand music service to better challenge Spotify.  

Apple has opened exploratory talks with senior label executives about the possibility of launching an on-demand streaming service that would rival Spotify and Beats Music, according to three people familiar with the talks. Apple is also thinking about adding an iTunes App for Android phones, the Google rival that has been growing faster than the iPhone, these sources said.

On demand radio I can see happening. iTunes on Android I don't see. While it would make the entire store available to millions of users, it would also be a potential decline in iOS device sales. 

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12in Retina MacBook Air Coming This Year?

There is a new rumor flying around that Apple will release a redesigned MacBook Air with a Retina display, no fan and a new trackpad.  

12-inch MacBook with new design + Retina Display:

Smaller MacBook with entirely new design
Launching in either Q2 or Q3 of 2014
12-inch screen, but as portable as current 11-inch MacBook Air and productive as 13-inch MacBook Air
Higher-resolution display (Retina)
Will “redefine laptop computing” once again just like the current MacBook Air design
Thinner/lighter than MacBook Air, new clamshell structure
Will run on Intel chip, not Apple-based A8 processor

I am curious about the new trackpad.  Rumor is they are eliminating the "click" and it will be all gesture based. 

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Apple in Talks With Comcast

WSJ is reporting that Apple is in talks with Comcast to provide live streaming to Apple TV. Also rumored, users would have access to On Demand services from Comcast and Apple TV would get priority streaming treatment. Apple was in taks with Time Warner about a similar service prior to the Comcast acquisition.  

While access to live TV and Comcast's On Demand service, the big thing here is the priority streaming treatment. Users to pay (I assume) for this service would not get slowed down compared to your neighbors watching Hulu on their Roku.  

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Thats it for the week in Apple news & rumors.  Stay tuned for next week as thing could get interesting.